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Cautions issued over holiday gift cards


MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin consumer protection officials want people to make sure they get their money's worth while purchasing gift cards this holiday season.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says to be wary of gift card offers that seem too good to be true.

DATCP division administrator Sandy Chalmers says gift card scams include using social media or placing phone calls using receipt of a gift card as a ploy to get money or personal banking information.

DATCP recommends buying gift cards directly from a retailer or an authorized merchant.  It is also recommend that you inspect the packaging to make sure none of the protective stickers have been removed.

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